BAYDA INSTITUTE Invitation to the Forum of Political parties’ Leaders and Civil Societies’ Leaders Of Shan , Mon , Karin , Kayah states

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  • YMCA , Room 104 , the corner of Mahabandoola Road and Theinphyu Road , Yangon
  • Invitation to the Forum of Political parties’ Leaders and Civil Societies’ Leaders Of Shan , Mon , Karin , Kayah states

    Dear Madame/Sir ,

    We , BAYDA Institute , cordially invite you to take part in the Forum on current situation , and future challenges of democratization in Myanmar,especially ethnic minorities participation in the democratization process
    and national reconciliation in your states :Shan State , Mon State , Kayin State and Kayah State.

    We would like to invite you , 3 to 4 executive leaders of your
    organizations to take part and contribute in the Forum.

    Venue : YMCA , Room 104 , the corner of Mahabandoola Road and Theinphyu
    Road , Yangon

    Date : 2,4,2013 to 3,4,2013

    Time : From 9.00am to 4.00 pm

    Contact Phone : 09 4211 58936 ,09 423 668 325

    Contact email : baydainstituteoffice@gmail.com , theinumya@gmail.com

    RSVP ( We request you to reply to our mail or phones )

 BY BURMA DEMOCRATIC CONCERN BDC

Thai NOK Mini Air to fly Mae Sot-Mawlamyine route

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Representatives from NOK Mini Air departing from Mawlamyine Airport on September 30
(Photo – Maung Maung Shwe Myine)

Published on Saturday, 06 October 2012

Thai commuter airline NOK Mini Air will be operating a direct flight between Mae Sot in Thailand and Mawlamyine, the capital of Mon state in Myanmar.

Hla Shein, chairman of Mon Trading Industry Association, told Eleven Media that airline representatives recently met with Mon state officials to discuss upgrading the Mawlamyine Airport and issues on visa, passport and hotel rates.

The chairman said the airline would likely start the flights within three months or so.

Flight time is 20 minutes and roundtrip airfare will cost around US$80.

Hla Shein also said Skyhub International Company will provide training on handling visa and passport issues.

During their visit to Mawlamyaing, NOK Mini Air representatives also visited the Mottama museum and Mottama Hill.

“They are interested in Mottama as they have historical records of communication between the old town and Thailand. The natural beauty of Mottama Hill is something they have never seen before so they are interested in investing in a hotel zone,” said Win Tun Oo, director of Skyhub International Company.

Mawlamyine was the first British capital between 1826 and 1852 after the Myanmar king lost in the First Anglo-Burmese War.

Old government buildings, churches, and clock towers built during the colonial era still remain in the city and could serve as tourist attractions for Westerners, according to Win Tun Oo.

Aside from the regular flights, NOK Mini Air is also planning to introduce tour packages that will include a visit to the Emerald Buddha in Thailand.

http://elevenmyanmar.com/tourism/875-nok-mini-air-to-fly-mae-sot-mawlamyine-route

Government’s Navy Units Continue to Violate Rights of Locals in Yebyu Township-residents ask to control troops

April 11, 2012

A report detailing mounting human rights violations in Yebyu territory, titled, “Government’s Navy Units Continue to Violate Rights of Locals in Yebyu Township,” was published on January 20, 2012, on the Human Rights Foundation of Monland’s website (HURFOM/www.rehmonnya.org). Since then, continued monitoring has indicated that the violators–low-ranking soldiers and officials of the Mawrawaddy Navy Command naval administrative unit No. 43–have been blatantly disregarding the human rights of local residents who make their living in fishing and cultivation.  The growing violations committed by government troops against civilians are unacceptable and unbefitting to a transition period during which the country is carefully taking steps in a new direction. This short report aims to force the governors and chief ministers of their particular states or divisions to stop the unit No. 43 navy administrative officials from repeatedly violating locals’ rights. In February and March, three field reporters interviewed 22 villagers in order to present the events and opinions found in this report.


Money extorted from local fishermen

The officials and soldiers of the navy administrative unit No. 43, which operates under Mawrawaddy Navy Command, number more than sixty troops and have bases in the Yebyu Township villages of Own-pin-kwin, Kywe Thone Nyi MaKadike harbor, and Kyauk Hta Yan. The troops have extorted money from people with marine-related businesses or fishing-boat owners in the villages near their bases. In February alone, fees of 30,000 kyat, gasoline, and fishing products were unfairly seized from 210 owners of small or large fishing-boats in Kyauk Hta Yan and Da-Min-Seik villages, according to locals.  Ko Ngwe Own (pseudonym), a 44-year-old Kyauk Hta Yan resident, feeds his six family members by fishing off a small boat powered by a Honda engine. On February 18th, he reported that the military troops, police, and navy units have extorted money from him over his entire fishing career, creating a situation in which he struggles to provide for his family. Even in this era of new government, there is no decline in the bribery and extortion committed against civilian populations. In fact, the violations are increasing dramatically. Continue reading “Government’s Navy Units Continue to Violate Rights of Locals in Yebyu Township-residents ask to control troops”